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Happy Pi Day, Earn Two Souvenirs

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Geek Out with Two New Souvenirs for Pi Day

While some folks celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) with a slice of pi pie, we’re celebrating this year’s Pi Day with two new souvenirs. The first souvenir is inspired by the groups of people who have an irrational love for irrational numbers. Just attend an event, including CITO or a Mega-Event on Pi Day and you’ll earn this souvenir. The second souvenir celebrates the mystery of pi—to earn it, log a “Found It” on a Mystery Cache on March 14.

Speaking of Mystery Caches—they’re now available for Geocaching Premium members in the free official Geocaching app for iPhone and Android.

Finally, if you’re on the lookout for even MORE souvenirs, be sure to earn the CITO souvenir on April 25 and 26, and be on the lookout for a special souvenirs you can earn to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching beginning on May 2.

January’s Geocacher of the Month

The time has come. Earlier this month, three amazing geocaching teams were nominated for January 2015’s Geocacher of the Month award, and a winner has been chosen.

As a refresher, here are the nominees…

 

Timpat is known throughout the New York geocaching community for his impressive hides, supportive nature, and extensive GPS and mapping expertise. With nearly 10,000 finds and 400 hides, he is a true inspiration to all. Not to mention, his kayak geocaches are amazing.

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Tinman and Timpat

family Behrens (aka FB) has helped geocaching bloom in South Africa. He (and his family) are known in the local geocaching community for their creative and challenging geocaches (all 88 of them) and for throwing well-organized, highly attended CITO events.

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T5? No problem for team Behrens

Koouye is recognized throughout the Belgium geocaching community for being a dynamic, passionate, and devoted geocacher. He is a social butterfly, known for hosting great events and for attending other’s events (133 so far!)

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Koouye and his lovely family

The Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by a panel at Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. It’s a tough decision, given the combined contributions of these folks to the geocaching community as a whole.

 

After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, family Behrens has been officially named the Featured Geocacher of the Month for January 2015.

 

There’s no denying that family Behrens or “FB” is an unstoppable geocaching force in South Africa. Their father, Jamie, leads the pack with his creative geocache hides and wonderful community organized events. Many would say that their passion and excitement for the game has helped geocaching spread like wildfire in South Africa and surrounding countries.

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1000th find!

Finding one of family Behrens’ geocaches is a must. According to the community, they are beyond good, they are legendary. SawaSawa says that Jamie of FB “has become renowned for his wonderful creative caches for which he has garnered numerous Favorite Points and heaps of praise. He has also invented an original ‘trademark’ micro-cache design (100% waterproof) made from discarded plastic bottle tops which I have copied and used in many of my hides in Kenya. His ingenuity in cache design and care in preparation is now legendary in South Africa and especially Cape Town and everyone looks forward eagerly to the next FB creation.”

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Mr. and Mrs. family Behrens

If you’re in the area, you should attend an event thrown by this geocaching team. Andre & Jeanne says FB, “hosts numerous events and CITO’s. He works together with Table Mountain National Park to do path clearing and removal of alien vegetation.”

Suikerbossies sums up the winner perfectly, “We love their hides, their unique containers, enthusiasm for the game and trouble they go to to give back to the game, nature and the community! Simply put, they are a great example and we are proud of them.”

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Jamie of FB. Rain or shine, geocaching is on.

family Behrens will receive the very special Geocacher of the Month geocoin and a special prize package from Geocaching HQ, in recognition of their geocaching efforts.

Send your kudos to family Behrens and our other January Geocacher of the Month Nominees. They’ve made the hobby we love WAY more fun.

 

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin

Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the Week

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Let's hope he's smiling because he just signed the logbook. Photo by geocacher Tsmola

Let’s hope he’s smiling because he just signed the logbook. Photo by geocacher Tsmola

 

Geocache Name:

A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

While we normally try to keep things a little more high-brow on the Geocaching Blog, occasionally we can’t resist the temptation for a bit of childish giggling (teehee!). Once you move past the outhouse and the crappy pun (there’s another one!), you see that this geocache is actually quite intricate, well-made and would be great to find even if it didn’t have the humorous aspect. See, even crappy geocaches can be Geocache of the Week!

 

What geocachers are saying:

“I dragged my wife out geocaching on this fine day. She doesn’t take kindly to geocaching, but I knew that this cache would certainly change her mind, given the popularity and clear attention to detail from the cache owners. I am happy to report that this cache exceeded our expectations and was well worth the trip from Kalamazoo. I want to extend my thanks to the cache owners for keeping things fresh! TNLNSL TFTC!” – mending_wall

“Tftc! We are babysitting our niece for the weekend and wanted to take her caching … heard about the crappiest cache from a coworker .. she LOVED it!! When caching make sure to bring dog treats ;)” – krazylegs11

“I don’t like caches where I have to worry about the kids’ safety, give me a park, a cemetery, or this crappy cache! This was an awesomely crappy cache and we loved it! Thanks for the cache and it was great meeting you!” – bjak13

 

What the geocache owner, TEAM GEOCHEF, has to say:

“The build took over a year since I needed to come up with the material without buying too much. I had a friend who was taking down a barn so I asked if I could help in return for some of the wood for our cache. Two weeks later the barn was down and I had more than enough for what I wanted so I changed the design from a 1 hole to a 2 hole Crappy Cache.
The flooring was from a piece of machinery that was delivered to work and the tin on the roof was from another building I helped take down.The only thing we had to pay for was the red paint, the door hardware and the new toilet seats everything was recycled even the screws and nails.We made this to give back to fellow Geocachers as we all know it is fun to find an interesting cache. We have been very fortunate to be home when many cachers have stopped in for the smiley and many times photo op. We enjoy spending time with others and are amazed how far many have traveled just to see our cache.””We would like to say thanks for everyone who has stopped in or wrote us notes about our cache we did this for you. “

Photos:

This one is a two-seater. Photo by geocacher northwing65

This one is a two-seater. Photo by geocacher northwing65

The logbook is conveniently located by the seat. Photo by geocacher scrapcat

The logbook is conveniently located by the seat. Photo by geocacher scrapcat

This cache definitely (and thankfully) doesn't live up to its name. Photo by geocacher epoch13

This cache definitely (and thankfully) doesn’t live up to its name. Photo by geocacher epoch13

 

What’s your favorite geocaching joke? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

OMG. Geo-Tweens. #YOLO

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It’s all about how you look (on the internet…)

For tweens, the world suddenly opens up on many levels: They can take the bus to their friend’s house by themselves. A group of them can see a movie together without grownups in the next row. They start to discover interests and hobbies through their friends, and not because their parents tell them it’s for their own good. For those who may not know, “tweens” are young men and women between the ages of 10-12 years old. They are in-between being a kid and being a teenager.

So what do you do with a tween who won’t ever put down their smartphone besides take it away from them? How about an activity that gets everyone outside, interacting with the world, and includes a smartphone? Yep, you guessed it: geocaching.

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Maxine, Rebecca, Oscar, and Clover search for GCHEGW with the Seattle cityscape in the background.

My daughter Maxine, her friends Rebecca and Oscar are all in 7th grade. A few weeks ago on a typical Seattle day – overcast, with intermittent drizzle and sun breaks – we went geocaching. We brought our trusty dog Clover along for the ride.

We started our journey in West Seattle when we found a clever geocache on tree-lined street in an adorable neighborhood. Then we went to a hillside park with an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. That one was tricky and we spent a lot of time looking for it with our dog sniffing everywhere. But finally there was that “A-ha!” moment, and we found it!

Then we decided to hit some of the best caches in Seattle: The HQ GeoTour. We all know how physically challenging Geocaching can be, and certainly I didn’t want these kids to wilt on me, so we hit the Geocaching HQ kitchen first (working at Geocaching HQ certainly has its perks). Their bottomless metabolisms tore through chips, soda, Cup Noodles, candy, more chips, more Cup Noodles and more candy. [Special shout-out to HQ-er Maria for keeping us all carb-ed up and ready to roll.]

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GC2AD97 – HQGt: Chairy Tree

Once we logged the Geocaching Headquarters geocache, we hit the streets hitting all that top spots in Fremont: Within Reach, Chairy Tree, A Bedazzling View, De Libertas Quirkas, Fremont Library, Toll Droppings, Ode to the Golgafrinchan Phone Workers, Beneath Aurora, and finally Geo Post Office.

The Fremont Troll is a beloved Seattle Landmark and part of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour.

The Fremont Troll is a beloved Seattle Landmark and part of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour.

We all had a great time spending time together, but we were hanging out with a purpose. We all learned something, too:

  • Maxine learned she was actually instinctually skilled at geocaching.
  • Oscar learned that he really wanted to work at Geocaching so he could eat Cup Noodles anytime he wanted.
  • Rebecca learned that she actually could be the first to find a geocache if it was a under a really big rock and everyone stayed let her find it.
  • I learned (from Oscar) how to solve for coordinates on a Multi-Cache and add waypoints to my app.
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Clover learned that a fun day of geocaching makes for a very happy evening of napping

It was a good day. No, it was a wonderful day.

What advice do you have for geocaching with your kids, tweens, or teens? Tell us in the comments below! 

And the Winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is….

Last week the 16 films that made it to the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival in Seattle made their online debut.

The stories and moments captured in these videos run the gamut of the geocaching experience. We saw First-to-Find races with unexpected victors, chance meetings that led to love and friendship, tributes paid to those loved and lost, and inside jokes that only you geocachers would understand.

Although all 16 films are winners, one film was to be recognized as above the rest and would receive the Global GIFF Audience Award, a special honor presented to one lucky filmmaker or filmmaking team for the first time.

You voted, we listened. And the winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is…

Cacheheart

by MudMen_Ger

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Watch the film here

 Watch all the finalists here: GIFF 2014 Playlist

Our winner will receive a special badge for their profile page, a gift package from Geocaching HQ, and a huge high-five from the international geocaching community. Congratulations on creating something spectacular.

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Interested in being a part of GIFF 2015, whether it’s as a participant or a filmmaker? Find out when GIFF is, how to enter your film, and more info here.

Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!

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Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!

Während einige Leute den Pi-Tag am 14. März mit einem Stück Pi-Kuchen feiern, machen wir das am diesjährigen Pi-Tag mit zwei neuen Souvenirs. Das erste Souvenir wurde von Menschen mit einer irrationalen Liebe zu irrationalen Zahlen inspiriert. Nimm einfach am Pi-Tag an einem Event teil und Du erhältst dieses Souvenir. Das zweite Souvenir zelebriert das Rätselhafte an Pi – finde am 14. März einen Mystery-Geocache, um es zu erhalten.

A propos Mystery-Geoaches – die sind jetzt für Geocaching-Premium-Mitglieder in der kostenlosen offiziellen App für iPhone und Android verfügbar.

Und zum Schluss: Wenn Du auf der Suche nach noch MEHR Souvenirs bist, solltest Du Dir auf jeden Fall das CITO-Souvenir am 25. und 26. April sowie das spezielle Souvenir am 2. Mai holen.


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